Writing theater about science, in general, has become somewhat more popular, thanks partly (but by no means wholly) on the fact that technology has slowly become a more integral part of theater. This is especially true in small, independent theaters where the technology is not just there to support the work but, in a way, take center stage. Â This fascination ranges from modern technology, such as in the work of the group 3LD, which uses advance projection technology in every show, to technology of a definitely less modern sort—the Collective Unconscious, another small theater company, owns a huge Tesla coil which has been featured prominently in countless productions.
I think theater and science are natural partners. It is through the synthesis of art and science that breakthroughs in both are found, so I can't think of any instance it can't be appropriate. There are certain plays, of course, that lend themselves to the incorporation of science more than others.
â¨So putting the Tesla coil in the middle of The Cherry Orchard might be inappropriate. Then again, it might not be. What's the concept?